One of our favourite things about TikTok is that it offers up brilliant hacks, nuggets of wisdom and inspiration in mere seconds – and one particular post from certified personal trainer, Liz King, does all that and more. Tackling the topic of weight-lifting, Liz succinctly breaks down all the plus points that weights can offer, as well as dispelling some of the myths surrounding this particular method of fitness too. Needless to say, we were all ears...
Posting the video on her @MadeForMeFitness TikTok and Instagram accounts, Liz begins with the caption 'What ACTUALLY happens when you start lifting weights', before moving on to explain that you won't instantly start looking like Johnny Bravo if you dare to pick up a dumbbell – a common misconception. "You don't get bulky, in fact you get leaner and toned," she explains, adding that adequate nutrition is, of course, also important.
Weight training, she says, can also massively help with sleep too. "[You'll] start having more energy during the day and sleep better at night," Liz writes in another caption. "[You'll also feel] more productive [and] ready to take on the world." She adds she's seen confidence levels sky rocket too (we all know how good working out is for mental health and self-esteem).
Lastly, Liz adds some quick fire extra reasons to her video, saying that weight training can also:
- Boost your mood
- Make you feel strong
- Improve focus and help you better achieve goals
- Lead to better sex
- Leave you feeling more connected to your body
- Be able to open jars (LOL)
Alongside her video, Liz wrote, "I spent years, MANY YEARS, of my life being afraid to “get bulky” and you’ll always resort to body weight and cardio exercises because that what I thought would give me the best body." She adds, "Turns out I wasted a lot of time, because I’ve never seen better results and felt better about my workouts than I did when I started incorporating weights consistently in my work outs."
Speaking to Cosmopolitan UK about what inspired her to make this particular clip, Liz, who has been training clients for 7 years, explained she was tired of seeing inaccurate and misleading fitness information touted through social media. "I wanted my followers and whoever I could reach to learn what fitness is really about."
"My video was inspired by the misconception that women will get bulky, or look 'manly', if they work out with weights – which is totally not true! A long time ago, I was one of those women and would run as far away from weights as, possible thinking I'd look like Arnold Schwarzenegger if I picked up anything over 5kg."
Liz adds that her goal now is to teach women not to be afraid of incorporating weights into their workout routines and to show them the incredible benefits lifting can have on their bodies and confidence. "Really, weights and resistance training is necessary for getting stronger, leaner, toned and healthier! I wish women knew that building muscle is not the enemy. Building muscle helps with your metabolism, as well as fat loss (if that's your goal) and getting toned." Above all else though, weight-lifting delivers a fantastic sense of achievement that can leave you feeling empowered.
Meet you at the weights bench?
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